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Bhopal: Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, president of Bharatiya Janata Party, (BJP), Minorities Morcha, has claimed that the relations between BJP and the minorities are changing for the better which bode well for the party. He said at least it was better than the relationship between the Samajwadi Party and minorities.


Shahnawaz, who is here in Bhopal to attend the BJP Minorities Morcha National Executive Committee meeting, revealed that  he had made a presentation before media in New Delhi recently showing that the BJP was getting more votes of minorities. Percentage of minority electorates casting their votes for the BJP had improved.


He said he had won Lok Sabha election from Bhagalpur constituency where 80 per cent population is Hindu. He said other parties had been carrying out misinformation campaign over the relations between the BJP and minorities but the situation was now changing.


Shahnawaz claimed that minorities were gradually getting attracted towards BJP, adding that the party had given tickets to 11 persons from the minorities in Lok Sabha elections, but he alone managed to emerge victorious.


When asked about BJP leader Varun Gandhi's controversial statement, he refused to comment as the matter was sub-judice but added that he stood firm by his earlier statement.


Meanwhile, Shahnawaz said public has lost confidence in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Government at the Centre due to rising prices and recent debacle on foreign policy front. Hussein told reporters here that skyrocketing price rise of essential goods has snatched morsel from the mouth of common man. However, the government was sitting silent.


He said the reference of Balochistan in the recent India-Pakistan joint statement was being regarded as biggest blunder by India on the foreign policy front.


Hussein said, the firm policy of the previous National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Government on the front of terrorism had been praised by everyone. However, everything went awry in the present government rule.


Shahnawaz added that it appeared the Congress was power-drunk as it is behaving as if it had won 410 Lok Sabha seats instead of 205 seats.


Replying to a question, Shahnawaz admitted that the performance of the party was not as per expectations but it was leaving no stone unturned to discharge its role as a creative opposition.


Replying to a questioner Shahnawaz said that deciding on the issue of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Ms Uma Bharti's possible return to BJP fold was in the party Parliamentary Board's jurisdiction but added that his relationship with Ms Bharti remained that of a brother and it would always be the same.


Shahnawaz lamented that the tradition of viewing communal incidents through political lenses should end. “It is beyond my comprehension as to why critics label the Congress-time communal incidents as secular riots,'' he moaned while claiming that the number of such incidents was higher during Congress tenures as compared to BJP rule.


Pervez Bari is a Bhopal based journalist. He can be contacted at










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